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Issue 183 | January 13, 2017

Integrating Fuels Treatments and Ecological Values in Piñon-Juniper Woodlands

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Integrating Fuels Treatments and Ecological Values in Piñon-Juniper Woodlands: Fuels, Vegetation, and Avifauna
JFSP Project # 13-1-04-45
 
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Coop ,Western State Colorado University
 
Findings:
  • Overall, treatments had strongly negative and persistent impacts on native, woodland obligate birds.
  • Treatments resulted in reductions in tree cover and canopy fuels and increases in down woody surface fuels and live herbaceous fuels. Live woody surface fuels increased with time-since-treatment.
  • Exotic plant species richness and cover was higher in treated sites compared to untreated sites.
  • Under 80th and 97th percentile fuel moisture conditions, fuel treatments did well at reducing the risk of active crown fire. However, most treatments reduced crown fuels more than needed to change fire behavior.
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